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Gregory D Bishop: Surgical instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dressler Goldsmith Milnamow & Katz, November 26, 1996: US05577654 (708 worldwide citation)

Various mechanisms are provided for use in a surgical instrument. A shaft and an engaged lost motion operating knob are provided for rotation relative to a handle portion. A latch system prevents rotation of the shaft unless the shaft is rotated by the knob. A cartridge is provided for rotation at t ...


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Douglas C Taylor: Data card that can be used for transactions involving separate card issuers. Datamark Services, Donald S Cooper & Dunham Dowden, November 26, 1996: US05578808 (598 worldwide citation)

A multi-application data card is capable of substituting for a plurality of existing single-application data cards. The multi-application data card is preferably a smart card recording data relating to a card user and a plurality of card issuers. The following fields are associated with each card is ...


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Victor A Aijala, Gerald B Cohen, James M Jensen, Wendell D Lynch, Juan C Urbi: Method and apparatus for encoding/decoding broadcast or recorded segments and monitoring audience exposure thereto. The Arbitron Company, Eugene L Flanagan III, Curtis Morris & Safford P C, November 26, 1996: US05579124 (504 worldwide citation)

Methods and apparatus for encoding and decoding information in broadcast or recorded segment signals are described. In certain embodiments, an audience monitoring system encodes identification information in the audio signal portion of a broadcast or recorded segment using spread spectrum encoding. ...


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Robert Jarvik: Virtual reality exercise machine and computer controlled video system. November 26, 1996: US05577981 (489 worldwide citation)

This invention relates to computer controlled exercise machines and provides the user with a wide variety of interactive exercise options controlled by software. A virtual reality hybrid of virtual and real environments is provided which permits the user to perform significant physical exertion by a ...


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Ronald J Barber, Bradley J Beitel, William R Equitz, Carlton W Niblack, Dragutin Petkovic, Thomas R Work, Peter C Yanker: Image query system and method. International Business Machines Corporation, Baker Maxham Jester & Meador, November 26, 1996: US05579471 (447 worldwide citation)

Images in an image database are searched in response to queries which include the visual characteristics of the images such as colors, textures, shapes, and sizes, as well as by textual tags appended to the images. Queries are constructed in an image query construction area in response to values of ...


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Mark Trulson, David Stern, Peter Fiekowsky, Richard Rava, Ian Walton, Stephen P A Fodor: Method and apparatus for imaging a sample on a device. Affymetrix, Townsend & Townsend & Crew, November 26, 1996: US05578832 (419 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides methods and systems for detecting a labeled marker on a sample located on a support. The imaging system comprises a body for immobilizing the support, an excitation radiation source and excitation optics to generate and direct the excitation radiation at the sample. In ...


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Beatrice Haimovich, Amihay Freeman, Ralph Greco: Thromboresistant surface treatment for biomaterials. Ramot of Tel Aviv University, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Weiser & Associates P C, November 26, 1996: US05578073 (370 worldwide citation)

A biomaterial with a thromboresistant surface and a method for forming same are provided. The thromboresistant surface is comprised of a distinct coating layer of a chitosan-based membrane and a biologically active material. The biologically active material is capable of converting the chitosan memb ...


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Jun J Yao: Micro electromechanical RF switch. Rockwell International Corporation, John C McFarren, November 26, 1996: US05578976 (341 worldwide citation)

A micro electromechanical RF switch is fabricated on a substrate using a suspended microbeam as a cantilevered actuator arm. From an anchor structure, the cantilever arm extends over a ground line and a gapped signal line that comprise microstrips on the substrate. A metal contact formed on the bott ...


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Mir A Imran: Endocardial mapping and ablation system utilizing a separately controlled ablation catheter and method. Cardiac Pathways Corporation, Flehr Hohback Test Albritton & Herbert, November 26, 1996: US05578007 (328 worldwide citation)

Endocardial mapping and ablation system for introduction into a chamber of a heart formed by a wall and having a passage leading thereto. The system is comprised of a catheter probe having a distal extremity. A plurality of electrodes are carried by the distal extremity for mapping the wall of the c ...


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Bradley T Estes: Apparatus for preventing screw backout in a bone plate fixation system. Danek Medical, Woodard Emhardt Naughton Moriarty & McNett, November 26, 1996: US05578034 (295 worldwide citation)

A system for internal fixation of bone includes a fixation plate having a number of bores therethrough, a corresponding number of screws each having an enlarged head portion and an elongated shaft portion defining bone engaging threads thereabout and a non-threaded portion between the head and threa ...



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